2021 Oscar Predictions

Updated October 8th, 2021

King Richard

1. Will Smith - King Richard

A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.​

2. Benedict Cumberbatch - The Power of the Dog

Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

3. Denzel Washington - The Tragedy of Macbeth

A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power.​

4. Leonardo DiCaprio - Don't Look Up

The story of two low-level astronomers, who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet earth.​

5. Simon Rex - Red Rocket

Mikey Saber is a washed-up porn star who returns to his small Texas hometown, not that anyone really wants him back

Next In Line:

6. Joaquin Phoenix - C'mon C'mon

An artist embarks on a a cross-country trip with his young nephew.​

7. Jamie Dornan - Belfast

A young boy and his working class family experience the tumultuous late 1960s.​

8. Justin Chon - Blue Bayou

As a Korean-American man raised in the Louisiana bayou works hard to make a life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past as he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.​

9. Javier Bardem - Being the Ricardos

Follows Lucy and Desi as they face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage.​

10. Clifton Collins Jr. - Jockey

An aging jockey aims for a final championship, when a rookie rider arrives claiming to be his son.

Also Consider:

11. Andrew Garfield - Tick, Tick... Boom!

On the cusp of his 30th birthday, a promising young theater composer navigates love, friendship, and the pressures of life as an artist in New York City.

12. Peter Dinklage - Cyrano

Follows the life of Cyrano de Bergerac.​

13. Matt Damon - Stillwater (or The Last Duel)

A father travels from Oklahoma to France to help his daughter who has been arrested for murder.​

14. Michael B. Jordan - A Journal for Jordan

1st Sgt. Charles Monroe King, before he is killed in action in Baghdad, authors a journal for his son intended to tell him how to live a decent life despite growing up without a father.​

15. Adam Driver - Annette

A stand-up comedian and his opera singer wife have a 2 year old daughter with a surprising gift.​

16. Oscar Isaac - The Card Counter

The film, written and directed by Schrader, follows William Tell (Isaac), a gambler and former serviceman who sets out to reform a young man seeking revenge on a mutual enemy from their past. Tell just wants to play cards. His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk, a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel. Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk. Gaining backing from mysterious gambling financier La Linda, Tell takes Cirk with him on the road, going from casino to casino until the unlikely trio set their sights on winning the World Series of poker in Las Vegas. But keeping Cirk on the straight-and-narrow proves impossible, dragging Tell back into the darkness of his past.​

17. Michael Keaton - Worth

An attorney in Washington D.C. battles against cynicism, bureaucracy and politics to help the victims of 9/11.

18. Nicolas Cage - Pig

A truffle hunter who lives alone in the Oregonian wilderness must return to his past in Portland in search of his beloved foraging pig after she is kidnapped.

19. Cooper Hoffman - Licorice Pizza

Set in 1970s San Fernando Valley, the film follows a high school student, who is also a successful child actor.

20. Tim Blake Nelson - Old Henry

An action western about a farmer who takes in an injured man with a satchel of cash. When a posse comes for the money, he must decide who to trust. Defending a siege, he reveals a gunslinging talent calling his true identity into question.​